Ready in 15 mins Serves 4
8 thick slices sourdough bread A little butter, to spread 4 tsp grain mustard 450g shaved ham 300g grated gruyere or tasty cheese 1 pear, cored and thinly sliced Salt and ground black pepper, to taste Butter bread on one side, then flip so the unbuttered side faces up. Spread with mustard and top with ham, cheese and slices of pear. Season to taste with salt and pepper and sandwich another slice of bread on top, buttered side up. Cook in a preheated frying pan over medium heat until bread is golden and crispy and cheese has melted (about 5 minutes).
Annabel says: If you can access a toastie pie maker or a sandwich press you will get an even crisper, crunchier result. As variations, use sliced tomato instead of pear, mix a little bechamel sauce or good-quality mayonnaise into the mustard, or use chutney or relish instead of mustard. To make a Croque Madame, fry eggs in butter and serve an egg on top of each sandwich.